This book, first published in 1986, focuses on the activity of the Soviet Union in Southeast Asia and the effects of Soviet policy on the region since 1969. In particular, Leszek Busynski examines the rivalry between the Soviet Union and China, Soviet presence in Vietnam, and the responsive efforts of surrounding regions towards collective security. U.S. policy in the region is a key consideration, particularly in terms of American attempts to both placate China and encourage Japan to assist in the defence of the region. With a concluding assessment of regional trends and possible outcomes, this is an important and valuable work for students and scholars with an interest in the history and politics of international diplomacy in Southeast Asia.
Introduction: On the Assessment of Foreign Policy; 1. Priorities and Interests in Soviet Third World Policy 2. The Soviet Collective Security Proposal and ASEAN Reactions 3. Soviet Policy Towards ASEAN after the Fall of Indochina 4. The Soviet Union and Vietnam: Alliance Formation 5. The Soviet Union and Vietnam: Alliance Consolidation 6. Soviet Policy Towards ASEAN after the Vietnamese Invasion of Kampuchea 7. The Soviet Union and the Regional Balance of Power; Appendix: Soviet-ASEAN Trade 1970-1982; Bibliography; Index
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